Journal article

Dental fluorosis and skeletal fluoride content as biomarkers of excess fluoride exposure in marsupials

Clare Death, Graeme Coulson, Uwe Kierdorf, Horst Kierdorf, William K Morris, Jasmin Hufschmid

SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT | ELSEVIER | Published : 2015

Abstract

Particulate and gaseous fluoride emissions contaminate vegetation near fluoride-emitting industries, potentially impacting herbivorous wildlife in neighboring areas. Dental fluorosis has been associated with consumption of fluoride-contaminated foliage by juvenile livestock and wildlife in Europe and North America. For the first time, we explored the epidemiology and comparative pathology of dental fluorosis in Australian marsupials residing near an aluminium smelter. Six species (Macropus giganteus, Macropus rufogriseus, Wallabia bicolor, Phascolarctos cinereus, Trichosurus vulpecula, Pseudocheirus peregrinus) demonstrated significantly higher bone fluoride levels in the high (n=161 individ..

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